Traveling up US-101 from Oregon this weekend, I braked for Hama Hama Oyster Saloon on the Hood Canal. I’d driven through towns like South Bend that billed itself as the “Oyster Capitol of the World” and where local restaurant owners didn’t even know what I meant by ‘hangtown fry.’ Well, one restaurant owner did, but his establishment wasn’t open on the Sunday before Memorial Day. He suggested I try Chen’s place up the road, and recite the recipe. He was sure I could get a near equivalent.
So Hama Hama Oyster Saloon was a bright surprise. They host an Oysterama in late April of each year. Check the Web site. Then go by and let these lovely bivalves slide down your throat.